Master of Education in School Counseling Online Degree Program

Master of Education in School Counseling Online Degree Program

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Provide Godly Care and Counseling for Students by Earning a Master of Education in School Counseling Degree

Liberty University’s CACREP accredited Master of Education in School Counseling degree prepares you to be a school counselor in Christian, public and private schools. You will master counseling and psychology skills, focusing on ethics and techniques, ethnicity, family counseling and career guidance. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position. In becoming a school counselor, you will accrue both practical and theoretical knowledge to apply in real-life experiences. Our counselor degree will train you how to become a school counselor and serve as a valuable asset through investing in students’ lives and providing an emotionally safe environment for holistic student needs.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master's in School Counseling Program?

The M.Ed. in School Counseling program supports a collaborative learning environment that prepares a culturally diverse, global student body to be competent, responsible, ethical professional school counselors in public, private, and Christian elementary, middle, and high schools. Our online Masters in School Counseling’s taught from a Biblical perspective prepares graduates to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs that are culturally sensitive and promote the career, personal, social, and academic development of children and adolescents. Our graduates are prepared to meet the holistic needs of diverse bodies of students, attending to their cognitive, affective, spiritual, and physical development with a balanced approach that promotes universal and optimal academic achievement and student well-being.

As the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia, Liberty University’s mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health of clients across diverse populations. Through completing both the internship and practicum portions of the degree, students will be able to relate theories and methodologies previously learned into application.

What Will You Learn in the Master of Education in School Counseling Degree?

Throughout the online Masters in School Counseling degree, you will attain scholastic competency, apply counseling skills with diverse populations and demonstrate of the ability to integrate faith and spirituality into counseling where appropriate in an ethically competent manner. Our graduate school counseling degree will provide the training to identify and create intervention strategies, collaboration, and referrals in an educational setting. Training in professional and ethical conduct as a school counselor will be explored as well as understanding culturally sensitive counseling practices, social justice, and advocacy approaches in a pluralistic society. In achieving your online Masters in School Counseling, you will recognize family, personal, and environmental factors that affect career development processes and activities for all grade levels.

You will learn to demonstrate emotional and mental stability in interaction with others, including the ability to maintain healthy boundaries, communicate appropriately, successfully manage personal anxiety or uncomfortable feelings, work collaboratively with others and resolve interpersonal conflict. Adherence to the Professional Identity and Standards outlined by the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and Liberty Graduate Student Code of Honor is expected throughout your pursuit of obtaining an online Masters in School Counseling.

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Program Highlights

  • By earning your online Master’s Degree in School Counseling degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Students can complete this online Masters in School Counseling degree program in as little as two years.

Accreditations and Awards


  • CAEP and CACREP accredited.
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Accreditation by SACSCOC means your degree will be recognized around the nation.
  • The program has been named one of the most affordable school counseling programs by the SR Education group and one of the best online master’s programs in School Counseling by
  • Liberty's Dr. Schellenberg partnered with Dr. Tyler Kimbel, Vice President for Research and Advocacy for CACREP, to develop the first and only set of Spiritual and Religious competencies for School Counseling to be used in both public and private K-12 schools. The competencies were published in the profession’s hallmark Tier 1 journal with a request to write an article for the ASCA School Counselor magazine as well as present on these competencies at national conferences.

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Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).

Master’s in Education - School Counseling Program Format

  • Online with Required Intensives
  • 48 total credit hours
  • A six-credit hour internship is required.
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Degree Information and School Counselor Requirements

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Potential Career Options with an Education Degree in School Counseling

Industry Outlook: The U.S. Department of Labor expects school and career counselors to see an 8% growth in employment over the next seven years. Growing enrollment, at all levels of education, creates a need to for counselors to respond to the development and academic needs of students.*

Upon completion of your online Masters in Education - School Counseling degree from Liberty University, you will have the opportunity to pursue:

  • Licensed School counseling in public and private K-12 schools.
  • Continue education/requirements to become licensed professional counselor.


* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Information obtained on September 19, 2017.